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Ife

Thurstan Shaw

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Town in the hilly forest zone of south-western Nigeria. Ife has a Yoruba-speaking population of approximately 250,000 and has always been held in special regard by the Yoruba peoples as their holy city and the place where the world was created by Oduduwa, the first Oni (king). Its art-historical importance derives primarily from a corpus of ‘bronze’ and terracotta sculptures, many of them life-size representations of human heads in a remarkably naturalistic style, dating from

Keywords: Discovery and excavation; History; Sculpture

Reference Entry.  2580 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Art

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